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Bridge: Orchestral Works - The Collector's Edition

Bridge / Bbc National Orch Of Wales / Hickox
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10729   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frank Bridge
Performer:  Howard ShelleyAlban GerhardtRoderick WilliamsPhilip [Tenor Vocal] Langridge,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bridge was a genuine minor master, and this boxed set represents a necessary contribution to 20th century British music on disc. The problems with his finding an audience stem from his small output, his avoidance of established forms, and from the fact that his later, modernist, gnarly works will never be popular because they are modernist and gnarly. That’s why it is so important that his more conservative, beautifully crafted early pieces make it onto disc. I’m thinking here of the tone poems Isabella and Mid of the Night, the latter with it’s gorgeous central English horn solo (sound sample). Really, these pieces are just about as worthwhile and any English music of the early 20th century that isn’t by Elgar.

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Read more performances here are, for the most part, very good. Certainly Howard Shelly in Phantasm and cellist Alban Gerhardt in Oration do an excellent job, and the vocal soloists leave little to be desired. Hickox is a variable conductor, but in this series he plays all of this music very effectively. I had reservations about Enter Spring on its initial release on account of a certain carelessness of instrumental balance, aided and abetted by less than impressive sonics (at least for Chandos), and those concerns are still valid. However, taken in the context of the set as a whole this isn’t a major issue. Six discs of Bridge still isn’t very much, but it’s at least twice as much as most of us knew even existed until a few years ago. Chandos calls this “The Collector’s Edition,” and so it is.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Enter Spring, rhapsody for orchestra, H. 174 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926-1927; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Isabella, symphonic poem for orchestra, H. 78 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1907 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Poems after Richard Jefferies, for orchestra, H. 118 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Mid of the Night, symphonic poem for orchestra, H. 30 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1903 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 26 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Dance Rhapsody, for orchestra, H. 84 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1908 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
The Two Hunchbacks, incidental music, H. 95 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1910 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Dance Poem, for orchestra, H. 111 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1913 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
Norse Legend, for small orchestra, H. 60 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1938 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9.
The Sea, suite for orchestra, H. 100 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1910-1911 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 
10.
Coronation March, for orchestra, H. 97 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1911 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11.
Summer, tone poem for orchestra, H. 116 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1914-1915; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
Phantasm, rhapsody for piano & orchestra, H. 182 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1932 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 27 Secs. 
13.
There Is a Willow Grows aslant a Brook, for orchestra, H. 173 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1927; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 28 Secs. 
14.
Vignettes de Danse, for orchestra, H. 166 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1938 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 27 Secs. 
15.
Sir Roger de Coverley, Christmas dance for string orchestra, H 155 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1922; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
16.
Rebus, overture for orchestra, H. 191 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1940 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
17.
Oration, concerto elegiaco for cello & orchestra, H. 180 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1929-1930 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 23 Secs. 
18.
Allegro moderato, fragment of a symphony for string orchestra, H. 192 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1940-1941 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
19.
Lament, for string orchestra, H. 117 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
20.
Prayer, for chorus & orchestra, H. 140 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1916-1918 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 56 Secs. 
21.
Suite for string orchestra, H 93 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1908 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 25 Secs. 
22.
The Hag, song for baritone & orchestra, H 14 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1902 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
23.
Songs (2) of Robert Bridges, for baritone & orchestra, H. 65 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1905-1906 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
24.
Threads (2 Intermezzi), incidental music for piano, H 151 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1921 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
25.
Old English Songs (2), for string orchestra, H 119 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1916 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
26.
Entr'actes (2) by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
27.
Valse-Intermezzo, for strings in E minor, H 17 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1902 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
28.
Todessehnsucht (Come Sweet Death), for piano, H. 181 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
29.
Blow out, you bugles, for tenor & piano (or orchestra), H 132 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip [Tenor Vocal] Langridge ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1918 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
30.
Adoration, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 57 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip [Tenor Vocal] Langridge ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1905 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
31.
Where she lies asleep, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 113 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip [Tenor Vocal] Langridge ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1914 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
32.
Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip [Tenor Vocal] Langridge ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1914; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
33.
Thy hand in mine, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 124 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip [Tenor Vocal] Langridge ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1917 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
34.
Berceuse, for soprano & piano (or orchestra), H 9 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1901 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
35.
Mantle of blue, for high voice & piano (or orchestra), H 131 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1918 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
36.
Day After Day, for voice & piano, H. 164/1 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1922 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
37.
Speak to Me My Love, for voice & piano, H. 164/2 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
38.
Berceuse, for violin (or cello) & piano, H. 8 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1901 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
39.
Pieces, H 18: 2. Chant d'espérance by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1902 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
40.
Serenade for orchestra, H 23 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1903 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
41.
The Pageant of London, suite for wind orchestra, H 98 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1911 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 29 Secs. 
42.
A Royal Night of Variety, epilogue for orchestra, H 184 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Enter Spring
Isabella
2 Poems of Richard Jeffries: No. 1. The Open Air
2 Poems of Richard Jeffries: No. 2. The Story of My Heart
Symphonic Poem, "Mid of the Night"
Dance Rhapsody
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 1. Act I: Prelude: Allegretto moderato - Lento
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 2. Act II: Intermezzo: Andantino
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 3. Act III: Intermezzo: Allegretto [marziale]
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 4. Act III: Prelude: Lento
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 5. Entr'acte between Act II and Act III: Moderato
Dance Poem
Norse Legend
The Sea: I. Seascape
The Sea: II. Sea-foam
The Sea: III. Moonlight
The Sea: IV. Storm

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